Jordan Erica Webber delves into the murky world of pirate radio, from the first black radio station to broadcast in the UK to the rise in popularity of Haitian radio in Brooklyn
Governments have been shutting down pirate radio stations for as long as pirate radio stations have existed, and yet they persevere. Despite the risk of station closure and hefty fines, new stations continue to pop up all over the world.
But why? The UK’s Radio Caroline was created in the 1960s to get around the control that the BBC and record companies had over radio and music. However, the internet and streaming has broadened choice and increased opportunity for niche genres – so why is there still such a demand for pirate radio?